The main action of the Indian Premier League is yet to get underway. However, it has not stopped the franchises from starting the cold-war. Well, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians were involved in such a banter on Twitter after the latter signed Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj Singh was looking set for some humiliation in the recently-concluded auction for the IPL. The southpaw had gone unsold in the first round of the auction despite setting his base price at INR 1 crore. It would have been a shocking moment for Yuvraj who had grabbed the headlines in the last few auctions.
In 2014, Royal Challengers Bangalore had bought him for a record price of INR 14 crore. In the following year, the Delhi franchise shelled out a whopping INR 16 crore to secure his services. Since then, Yuvraj’s price has dipped. In 2016, Yuvraj Singh went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 7 crore before being bought by Kings XI Punjab for INR 2 crore. But he would not have expected to go unsold in the latest auction.
However, Mumbai Indians gave him a lifeline by buying him at his base price at the last moment. The three-time IPL winners bought Yuvraj at his base price of Rs one crore. Going by Yuvraj’s recent form especially in IPL, there are chances that the gamble might backfire. And Chennai Super Kings made sure to make their bitter rivals realise that they have taken a big gamble.
In a cheeky dig at Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings posted a GIF with the caption:
“OH MI GAWD”
OH MI GAWD! pic.twitter.com/rRcjgg3EAh
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 18, 2018
But unlike the Super Kings, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani is confident that his team has got a good deal. He called Yuvraj Singh’s signing their biggest steal in the tournament’s 11-year-old history. Mumbai Indians also brought back Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, who served the team for long, at his base price of Rs 2 crore.
“To be honest, we had budgeted a lot more for Yuvraj Singh and Malinga. At Rs one crore, a player like Yuvraj is probably a (biggest) steal of 12 (sic) years. He has won every trophy there is to be won,” Ambani told the host broadcaster of the auction.
“We focussed on experience a lot as well on the youngsters. We have identified specific roles for both of them (Yuvraj Singh and Malinga),” he added.